Yesterday we made the move I told you we expected. The team is busted up completely. Red is off on D.S. somewhere; Ginny at
H.Q.; Nick and Bobby are in other hospitals in the immediate area. Ruff is with me.
We had a nice trip down. I brought my car, which made travelling very comfortable; scooting along about 50 over the autobahn
in a smooth-running limousine is a far cry from jouncing along in a 3 1/2 ton truck. It felt fine to be headed in the right
direction: i.e., toward the good old U.S.A. About 180 miles of "progress" I should say. It was a lovely hot sunny
day, and the scenery, as usual, was lovely. We reported in to the Med. Bn. Through which we are to work. Our job is to oversee
and direct Kraut military hospitals and displaced persons hospitals. The object is to get Krauts out of the hospital into
P A cages; to sort & treat displaced persons; to get the civilians into civilian hospitals. Our job is to see that these
things get done. It promises to be interesting. I shall see at first hand the methods and results of the German medical treatment
of their wounded.
Meanwhile, I have set up living quarters almost like a human being again. Ruff and I have taken over the ground-floor of a
smallish civilian house near the hospital. I have a nice sunny room full of potted plants and stuffy furniture. But there
is a big, handsome desk in the sunny corner, and the bed has sheets! Also one of those whatcha-may-collums bolster affairs
which always fail me. I'm arranging to get coal for the people so we can have hot water. I think we shall enjoy this spell
of luxury. we have an excellent mess served by some Krauts in the wing of the hospital next door.
The hospital itself is a General Hospital of the Luftwaffe, and is located in Bad Meinberg, a little town near Fortelu, which
you'll find about halfway between Hanover and Hamein. This whole region is crowded with German hospitals for their wounded
The news of the drastic starvation in Holland and Norway is being confirmed each day by more and more factual reports. Holland,
of all the Western countries, seems to have suffered the most from the Germans. Why? No one seems to know. Meanwhile, the
uncovering of the concentration death-hole near Salzburg, where 600 a day were starved to death and then incinerated, makes
the other terrible camps seem like only small, hideous editions of Hell. The beasts are utterly without human feeling. I've
gotten to the point where I feel that every member of the SS, of the Gestapo, and every Party member of the Kreislauter standing
or above should be executed for that reason alone. They are all in on these doings.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., and even over here, we feed the German prisoners and patients as well as the American soldier is fed.
I have seen some of our prisoners captured in the Battle of the Bulge. They had lost 1/2 of their body weight in 4 months
time! Geneva convention indeed!
For the Krauts it was strictly something to be adhered to by Americans. To them it was irrelevant! Next time you see pictures
of Germans in one of our POW enclosures lounging around nice recreation rooms, drinking beer & coca-cola, well-fed and
clothed, you can understand, perhaps, why that sight makes every G.I. over here boil with rage.